Monday, February 2, 2009

Are You Spoiling Your Baby?

Some people think that you can actually spoil a baby! They think you're not supposed to pick up your baby every time it cries. Can you imagine thinking this way? Read my words "You can't spoil a baby!"

The only way a baby can communicate his needs to you is to cry. After all, he can't just say, "Mom, come change my diaper it is wet". If he could, he would not cry as much.

Believe me, babies don't think, "Let's aggravate mom and cry"! They don't have these skills for a few years.


Sometimes new young parents have all this advice thrown at them by relatives. The relatives tell them they are going to spoil the baby if they pick them up every time they cry. Well babies up to 6 months old need to be picked up every time they cry and many experts agree with this statement.

A Sample Scenario

There was a scenario that I read about years ago when my own child was a baby. It had one mother trying not to pick up her baby to console her. She tried to let her cry it out instead. In the end, she finally gave in and held the baby and the baby quieted.

On the other hand, a different mother picked her baby up immediately and held her until the baby quieted and went back to sleep. In the end, the second mother spent less than half the time solving her baby's problem.

Sense of Security

So listen up all you other moms out there, you can't spoil your baby by tending to his needs. Also, babies under 6 months need all the attention you can give them so that they can bond with you and feel secure. This feeling of security is extremely important. This actually builds the foundation for your relationship even at this young age.

Use Your Own Judgment

My friend, you know your baby better than anyone does. Take your cues from your heart not your relatives. Your heart will always tell you that your baby needs attention when they cry especially under 6 months old. You don't always have to hold and cuddle to quiet baby, sometimes he just needs changing. But with adding the hug and cuddle, you show him that mom will always come through and that is what he needs to learn.

After the 6-Month Mark

When your sweet baby turns 6 months old then you can observe the times he cries. If he is just having a fit over a toy he can't get to work right, you may hold off for a minute or two. This will allow him time to possibly solve his own problem. If he continues to cry, then step in and caress him and reassure him.

But until 6 months old, they cannot begin to learn. They just know they need help when they cry. The older they get the more you can delay response but only for a brief time. You always want to make sure they are safe though. You can approach, observe, and then hold if necessary.

Older Children

When your baby gets to be older, he will then learn how to play you for what he wants. But this doesn't happen until he is about 4 or 5 years of age. So gradually increase discipline and teaching along the way. But only as you know your child can understand what you're trying to teach him. As a baby, lighten up.


So now that you know you don't have to worry about spoiling your baby, here are some tips how to react to a crying baby:

1. Go find out why your baby is crying. 
2. Solve the problem whether it is changing a diaper, feeding, or just holding. 
3. Hold and reassure your baby until he quiets down. 
4. Then you can try putting him down.


So listen to your heart and tend your baby. You are not going to spoil him no matter what. Babies can't be spoiled. Only older children can be spoiled. So relax and enjoy your baby!

Kassie Charles is a lactation educator and contributing writer for For more parenting tips and breastfeeding support, visit the site at


Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Learn Baby sign and communicate with your baby correctly

Parents out there, please listen! Do you have problems understanding your baby and what does your baby signing means to you. Do you have problems understand his need when he/she cries or knowing what he/she laughs about? 

Besides, do you want your baby learn the sign language and sign back to you to tell you what he/she wants ? By teaching them the baby sign language will help your baby to learn communication in an effective manner.


Babies naturally start to communicate from birth with eye contact and some facial expression. And then move on to waving and clapping hands. This product will tell you how to teach your baby sign language in order to communicate with you much earlier.  

Able to communite with your baby first time will definitely make you burst into joy and tears, these are some benefits you are able to bring back for learning the baby sign language. 
  • Increase your baby’s IQ
  • Improve your baby’s language and communication skills
  • Strengthen your parent/baby bond
  • Reduce tantrums and …
  • Increase your baby’s confidence & self-esteem
Signing with your baby is definitely a life changing experience! Start now and accelerate your baby's communication process. 

So, what are you waiting for ? Find out more here - Baby Sign Language Book - Click Here!.  


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Advantages of Breastfeeding For Mom - 4 Great Benefits For Breastfeeding Moms

You know the saying 'breast is best'? well it's true! there is no better nourishment for your baby than breast milk as it is rich in vitamins and nutrients and will help your baby grow up to be as healthy as is possible. As well as offering many benefits to the baby breast feeding also offers a number of health benefits to the breast feeding mom.

1. Weight Loss - It has been shown that breastfeeding actually helps the mother lose the extra weight put on during pregnancy and amazingly plays a role in reducing the effects of post-natal depression that can often strike new moms. Studies also suggest that moms who breastfeed have been shown to have a lower risk of breast cancer and osteoporosis.

2. Finances - From a financial point of view breastfeeding is an absolute winner- it's free! Formula milk can be expensive and in these increasingly resource-scarce times don't under-estimate the cost to your utility bills of all the washing and boiling of bottles.

3. Environmental - Everybody knows the importance of conserving energy and recycling. Breastfeeding is the ultimate in recycling - your food is processed by your body and recycled as nutritious milk for your baby. So from an environmental point of view breastfeeding is a 'no-brainer' - it is the 'greenest' way to feed your baby - no trash, no products, no mess: just you, your baby and your breasts!

4. Bonding - Breast feeding also helps form a bond between you and your baby, psychologically, through the very act of breast feeding and also physically due to the actions of the hormone Oxytocin, released during breastfeeding, which is nicknamed the 'love hormone'. This natural chemical instills a sense of calm and well-being for both mother and child.

For further information on breastfeeding and the benefits for moms visit our baby help website.

Bringing home a newborn baby can be tough, especially if it's your first time! If you are looking for some help and advice on what to expect from your baby's first year then head over to http://www.HelpIHaveABaby.comand download the FREE ebook packed with helpful info and tips on all aspects of baby care.


Breast feeding and claims it increases intelligence

I am sure most of us were, and some do not know sh*. So it turns out that researchers claim that kids breast fed are healthier, and even smarter than someone that was not breast fed. I personally was, but I wont believe for a second that it would increase your I.Q. by so many points against someone that was not breast fed. Those exams are biased anyway in my opinion. Breastfeeding promotes bonding between mother and baby. 
I was breast fed, as were my siblings. We all have high IQ's, but I think many factors came into play there (including my parents' genes). Breast feeding (probably) helps to insure certain nutrients are passed along to the child, which can help with brain development, but it is by no means the only determining factor, and likely not a major one. (That's not to say a child shouldn't get every boost it can when starting out.)

I have 7 nieces and nephews who were not, for the most part, breast fed, and they have high IQ's as well, for the most part, (though I sometimes wonder...) Laughing

But having a high IQ and being an intelligent person are different beasts altogether. Intelligence involves the application of knowledge, whereas IQ is only an aptitude for learning (absorbing information), even in the most generous of definitions.

And the scope of any such test is limited by default. Even our most advanced biological and psychological sciences understand so very little of the human brain and how it functions, regardless of what "we" think we know as the race of humans.

IQ tests (and the PSAT, SAT, ACT, etc.), after all, were created by man, so they are just as flawed as their maker. (This is undoubtedly true for all the various tests that "they" say quantify learning ability and intelligence.)

I have yet to meet the test of this type that I could not manipulate to my own ends, even as a child (much to my teachers horror). Of all my teachers, throughout the years, only one figured out it was just a game for me - that I was just playing a part on a stage. (It was strangely fitting that he was the drama coach. He also taught advanced science.)

The qualifications for the gifted program in our school system initially meant top 5% of the nation (USA) via IQ and other test scores. This eventually was bumped up to the top 2% in the nation.

BTW, I had no problems with making either of these cutoffs, according to my test scores alone. Some other students were not able to meet the higher standard (even after being allowed to do a secondary "makeup" IQ test) and thus were "dropped" from the "gifted" program. (Like that isn't a way to give a child a complex. "Oh you're pretty smart, but you're just not smart enough... not anymore, buck up, Little Derek.")

I had my first IQ test at ~age 5 (around kindergarten). After my elders (teachers, administrators, etc) finished cooing over how high my scores were, I was shuttled off to be tested more... (presumably, so that people could understand how my brain worked.)

I spent the majority of my secondary school life in "gifted" programs, being periodically re-tested. In these so-called "gifted" programs, I was surrounded mainly by idiots with purportedly high IQ's, but an incredible lack of actual intelligence. I say mainly, because it was not an absolute - not everyone was a blooming idiot.

I witnessed no evidence of the supposed intelligence of most of the people in the "gifted" program, and I don't say this to be mean-spirited. (I am only reflecting upon my youthful observations that these people seemed to struggle with the yoke that had been put upon them, and the academic merits they were expected to achieve effortlessly.)

I did however, see that a few of them were the children of "prominent" people, and the like. (Let's just say that the methodology for selecting students for the "gifted" program/s in our school was my first experience with "affirmative action.") I suppose it meant bragging rights for the parents to be able to crow that their child was in the "gifted" program. Or to say that all their children had been, when all children are not created (academically) equal even within one family.

Needless to say, I began to question "what exactly" IQ tests were supposingly measuring at a very early age - much to my various teachers' chagrin. Mr. Green

The whole IQ, intelligence, and genetic predisposition arguments and discussions are a hot topic right now (particularly as some disciplines are currently trying to qualify intelligence through DNA classification), and it's one that is particularly close to my heart, as routine testing and prodding was something I had to live with throughout my childhood/secondary school years. (Once I became an adult, I started to refuse to be a guinea pig, as it were, even for the benefit of greater scientific knowledge.)

The "breast feeding gives your baby an IQ boost" is an interesting tactic to "push" women into breast feeding though. I should hope the bond with your child factor is a nice enough aside in its own right.

In the end I guess I should be happy that my mother both breast fed me, and was an intelligent, caring woman. She gave me every possible boost she could provide. And I owe much of who I am, and the person I've become, to her.

Learn more about this author, Bala India.


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tips For Women With Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy by mrlee

Most women experience some soul of abdominal pain during pregnancy. This is completely ordered, especially in the onset performs during pregnancy. These abdominals pains can are sometimes puzzled as cramps from menstruation. However, abdominal pain during pregnancy is sometimes an indicator of a more perilous muscle theme.

Abdominal pain during pregnancy can be a early opinion pioneer of an Ectheme Pregnancy, which is a life threatening condition to both you and your baby. This condition should be diagnosed and treated immediately. Some of the opinion pioneers grip:

closely, important pains that last for a long perform of time

If you think you have learned a lot about this fascinating topic so far remember, we are only halfway through!

We wish that the first part of this piece as brought you a lot of greatly required information on ?Tips For Women With Abdominal menace During Pregnancy at hand.

torture in other areas of the both, in adition to abdominal pain

Vaginal spring

If you have an Ectheme Pregnancy, that means the egg has ingrained itself where it shouldn't be - usually in the fallopian tubes, as differing to inside the uterus. As the egg continues to grow and enlarge, the delay of your body is put in jeapordy.

If you're experiencing symptoms that intimate you may have more than just ordered abdominal pain during pregnancy, take medical thought right away. It's better to be alert than sorry.

Abdominal pain during pregnancy can also indicate a miscarriage. A miscarriage is usually pioneeraled by spring in your vagina, followed by cramping. The cramps can last between some hours and some reality.

Again, if you're experiencing abdominal pains, along with other symptoms that may indicate a more important theme, consult your doctor immediately.

Abdominal pain during pregnancy is usually alert and ordered. However, coupled with other symptoms, it can be an early opinion pioneer of more important themes.

What you have cultured while appraisal this informative piece, is education that you can keep with you for a existence.

This article is meant to both inform and entertain those who read it. Hopefully, we have (will) accomplished both goals for you.

Author: sammie wingfield


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Breast Pump

Medela Swing Breast Pump

Medela Swing Breast Pump

Medela Swing Breast Pump

Designed for portability, the Swing is a small, lightweight, single electric breast pump featuring two-phase expression -- a revolutionary technology that mimics a baby's nursing pattern by pumping in two distinct modes: Let-down Mode simulates your baby's initial rapid suckling for faster milk flow; Expression Mode simulates your baby's slower, deeper suckling. Two modes mean maximum milk flow in less time. The Swing is every bit as comfortable to use as Medela's double pump, and it fits easily into a purse or briefcase. Swing Breast Pump

Medela Freestyle Hands-Free Breast Pump

Medela Freestyle Hands-Free Breast Pump

Medela Freestyle Hands-Free Breast Pump

No doubt about it -- pumping can take hours out of your day. That's why Medela has designed a hands-free, double-electric pump. Every bit as powerful as previous Medela pumps, this innovative number fits in the palm of your hand and includes an accessories kit that provides true mobility and freedom. Simply clip it on and you're free to move about. Freestyle Hands-Free Breast Pump

Lansinoh Double Electric Breast Pump

Lansinoh Double Electric Breast Pump

Lansinoh Double Electric Breast Pump

For over 20 years, Lansinoh has provided relief and comfort to millions of mothers and their babies through their premium, mother-tested products. Designed to make pumping easy, productive, and comfortable, this double electric pump is meant for long-term, daily use at home or away. It's easy to use and easy clean, and with multiple speed and suction settings, you can adjust the pump to your personal preference. Double Electric Breast Pump


Get discount from Baby Center this thanks giving

Save up to 40% off Storewide BabyCenter's Thanksgiving Sale. 11/24-11/30.